Jaguar Land Rover lineup to offer electric option starting in '20

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Enzo Ferrari called the original Jaguar E-Type "the most attractive auto ever made", and guess what, Jaguar has just announced an electric version, 56 years after the original.

In a bid to play catch-up with Tesla (TSLA), Jaguar unveiled its vision for the auto of the future.

The I-Pace will have a range of 310 miles (500km), deliver 516lb-ft of instant torque, achieve a 0-60 mph time of around 4 seconds. The auto will also feature the Sayer AI-powered steering wheel.

Jaguar Land Rover have unveiled a new version of one of their most iconic cars.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that all new vehicles from 2020 will either be electric or hybrid.

"We will introduce a portfolio of electrified vehicles across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrids and mild hybrid cars and SUVs".

E-type Zero is based on 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain enabling 0-100km  h in just 5.5 seconds
E-type Zero is based on 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain enabling 0-100km h in just 5.5 seconds

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: "We could use this technology to transform any classic XK-engine Jaguar".

Called the Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE, it's described as being a "premium compact on-demand vehicle concept", and ticks all of the auto industry futurologist boxes, being autonomous, all-electric, and designed for car sharing. It's part of our vision for how a luxury vehicle brand could continue to be desirable, in a more digital and autonomous age,"explained Jaguar design boss Ian Callum".

The technology will then span hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology, and finish with fully electric vehicles, like the production version of Jaguar's I-Pace concept - which will become Jaguar's first ever fully electric production auto when it goes on sale next year. The British manufacturer also claims the vehicle handles, rides and brakes just like an original auto.

E-type Zero combines the renowned E-type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. It's undoubtedly more user-friendly, especially with the sophisticated electric powertrain, but it seems to have lost some of the original car's charm.

Representing the past, present and future of the brand, all three vehicles share the distinction of running on battery power alone, highlighting Jaguar's new commitment to electrify every new vehicle it releases from 2020 on. Its first electric model, the I-PACE, will be built in Austria.

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